The new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in after President Jacob Zuma stepped down concluding the days of political uncertainty.
Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised speech after swearing in as the new president of South Africa, “I will try very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa.”
The ANC parliamentarians elected Ramaphosa the new president of South Africa despite the opposition’s resistance.
— ANC Parliament (@ANCParliament) February 15, 2018
The opposition parties, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), had been demanding for new elections dissolving the existing parliament stained with allegations of corruption.
The 75-year-old President Jacob Zuma announced to resign on Wednesday ahead of a no-confidence vote against him in the Parliament.
He resigned from his position with an announcement in a televised address to the nation which he began in a flippant manner joking with the present journalists.
“No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,” he said.
“Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.
We congratulate @CyrilRamaphosa for being elected the 5th Democratic President of the Republic of South Africa. We are confident that you will continue to steer South Africa to greater heights. We also thank former President Jacob Zuma for his service to country and continent.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) February 15, 2018
“As I leave I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organization I have served… all of my life,” said the departing South African leader.
Earlier, Jacob Zuma vowed to stay in power until the next election that made the ANC decide to go ahead with a no confidence in the parliament.
Jacob Zuma had few friends who could stand to fight his cause in the parliament. He finally announced his resignation ending the political deadlock.
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) February 16, 2018
The ANC elected Cyril Ramaphosa rather in a ceremonial fashion as there were no other candidates.
President Ramaphosa has pledged to fight against corruption after swearing in as the new President of South Africa. He said he will work with the opposition in his fight against corruption.
“Leave 2019 aside, let us deal with the current moment and work together on how we are going to improve the lives of our people, rather than grandstanding,” Ramaphosa told the members of parliament.
President Ramaphosa pledged to appear in the parliament to make sure his accountability to the Parliament; something his predecessor often dodged.